Are They Dangerous?
Desert surrounds the city of lights, and your residence and business become the home to different insects. One of the invaders is the centipedes in Las Vegas, and you can find them in any section of town. An interesting question that came up is if they are risky to have around the home. We are here to answer your question.
What is the Desert Centipede?
The insect belongs to the Class Chilopoda and an arthropod. The pest is predatory, and yes, they are poisonous. You can see them in a dark brown color and grow up to six inches. If threatened, they do bite and feels similar to a bee sting. The venoms produced by gland found at the base of the fangs and directed on the 1st body segment via maxillipeds.
When capturing their prey, the muscles surrounding the poison gland ejects toxins through the ducts to paralyze the food. The poison is not overpowering or life-threatening to humans but mostly painful. The fantastic thing is they live on roaches and once inside your home they find a place to nest.
Why do they enter your home?
The only time a centipede or even a millipede will enter your home is when there is another pest infestation present. The crawler love to find a dark and moist area and live on spiders and other insects. When one is born they only have eight legs and once fully developed they have 30 legs. Furthermore, they are nocturnal and feed at night. While the home centipede is not likely to bite you, the desert centipede is different. They look intimidating as they grow long and bites when threatened.
So are they dangerous?
The small crawler is no threat, but the bigger ones produce more venom and can cause extreme pain. The important thing is the poisons not fatal to humans. The pain can last for several days, and some people can get an allergic reaction from the bite.
You will have some swelling and may experience sweating or nausea. The best is to handle the centipede with care and observed from a distance. If you are bitten by one, get medical care immediately.
If you do have an infestation of these creepy crawlers in your home—contact Ranger Pest Control to help eliminate the problem. We will look at the bigger picture to find out why they have moved into your house.